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Macro magic at Brandon Country Park

Participants of our Microscopic Marvels event explored nature’s hidden details at Brandon Country Park using 40x magnification microscopic lenses.

Macro magic at Brandon Country Park

December arrived in true winter style with a sudden cold snap. On Saturday 2nd, the Brecks landscapes glistened with frost, a magical winter wonderland twinkling beneath a blanket of fog. The cold weather did not deter the participants of our Microscopic Marvels Digital Microscope. The group met at Brandon Country Park to join BFER and David Atthowe from Reveal Nature for a special guided walk.

The park itself is beautiful, still glowing with the last embers of autumn colour amongst the frosty white of the new season. On this walk, the group experienced the landscapes in a new way, delving into the park’s hidden details. David gave each participant a 40x magnification lens to attach to their smartphones. These lenses became a handheld spy glass into a new world. Frost suddenly separated into intricate ice crystals, fungi transformed into porous sponges, and individual frozen water droplets glistened on the veins of leaves.

The group explored the park’s walled garden, before taking a walk through the woodland, capturing macro photographs along the way.


Woman takes photograph of an insect house

Three women examine fungi on a tree stump

A group of people walk through a woodland



Here are some macro images captured by BFER’s Volunteer and Engagement Officer, Nicole.


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